Art & Around for the period Aug. 2-11

By | 2007-08-02T09:00:00-04:00 August 2nd, 2007|Uncategorized|

EDITOR’S PICK:
“Broken,” the micro-budget feature shot for $985 by directors Derek Justice (Farmington) and David DeLeon (Sandusky, Ohio) is off to a big start. After received standing ovations after big premieres in Detroit and Cleveland, “Broken” is an official selection of the Trinity Film Festival at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in Detroit that runs August 3-5. For screening details and more information, visit www.trinityfilmcoalition.com.
The film has also been selected to be screened at The Indie Gathering film festival in Cleveland that runs August 3-5. For more information, visit www.theindiegathering.com.
“We’re honored that the Trinity Film Festival and The Indie Gathering chose our film,” said Justice. “‘Broken’ has only premiered in two states so far. It’s exciting to be accepted into the first two film festivals we’ve entered this year and especially because we shot most of the film in Detroit and Cleveland. This is the perfect way to kick off the festival circuit in our hometowns as we go forward with plans to show the film at festivals throughout North America in the next year.”
Donald V. Calamia

SUMMER ARTS FESTIVALS:

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show The fifth annual event brings 120 of the highest quality juried artists from around the country to sell their art in a beautiful park setting, with great food, entertainment and children’s activities. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Schools. Aug. 3-5. Free admission/$5 parking. Orchard Lake: 248-685-3748. http://www.hotworks.org
Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights A weekly summer festival of free concerts, children’s entertainers and other attractions staged simultaneously every Thursday evening in downtown Chelsea on Main Street. Festival continues Aug. 2 with Bill Bynum & Company, Mill Creek Ramblers, Royal Garden Trio and others; and Aug. 9 with Bluebird, Fender Benders, Kynne and more. Chelsea: 734-475-1145. http://www.chelseafestivals.com
Summer in the Park A season-long series of events in downtown Detroit that includes “Lunchtime Arts” (weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Sept. 28), “Culture Corner Weekends” (through Aug. 24) and “Healthy Moves” (through Aug. 25). Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-962-0101. http://www.campusmartiuspark.org

ARCHITECTURE/GARDEN TOURS:

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Take a tour behind the scenes and examine special subjects that provide a new perspective on the family that left an indelible mark on the automotive industry, the arts community and the region. Some advance reservations are required; fees vary. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org

ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:

Arab American National Museum “The Photography of Suleiman Al Awadi” (through Aug. 19); and “Threads of Pride: Palestinian Traditional Costumes” (through Nov. 25). Open Wed.-Sun. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
Cranbrook Art Museum A contemporary art museum located at the heart of Cranbrook Educational Community, one of the nation’s greatest architectural complexes. Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314. http://www.cranbrookart.edu/museum
Cranbrook Institute of Science Permanent exhibits include: “Life Changes Over Time”; “Ice Ages Come And Go”; and “Peoples of the Woodlands: Objects of Great Lakes Native America.” Open daily. $8 museum admission. 248-645-3200. http://science.cranbrook.edu
Detroit Historical Museum Exhibits include “Treasures of the Collection,” “Fabulous Five: Detroit Music Legends” and “Detroit Then & Now.” Wed.-Sun. $5 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org
Detroit Institute of Arts While the museum is closed to complete renovations, the DIA presents “Fore! Fun,” a one-of-a-kind, 10-hole mini-golf course on the north lawn. Runs Wed.-Sun., through Labor Day. $5. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Extended through Sept. 3. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission. Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Artists of the Great Lakes: 1910-1960.” Through Aug. 19. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
The Henry Ford At Henry Ford Museum: “Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars,” featuring more than 19 legendary cars and 30 guitars that are synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll (through Sept. 30; $14 museum admission); at Greenfield Village: The Fifth Annual World Tournament of Historic Baseball (Aug. 3-5; $20). Admission free with membership. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Kresge Art Museum Michigan State University’s collection of over 7,000 works of art, offering a rich diversity of style, technique and media, spanning 5,000 years of human history. Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834. http://www.artmuseum.msu.edu
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400. http://www.longway.org
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: “Workers Culture in Two Nations: South Africa and the United States.” Through Aug. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit A non-collecting institution responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration and public engagement. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622. http://www.mocadetroit.org
Plymouth Historical Museum Exhibit: “Plymouth Rides the Rails,” an exploration of the history of trains in Plymouth from 1871 to the present. Through Nov. 1. $5. Open Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun. Plymouth: 734-455-8940. http://www.plymouthhistory.org
Sloan Museum Exhibits include: “Fair Housing in Flint” (through Nov. 4); and “Rides and Rebels,” a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles (through March 2008). $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450. http://www.sloanmuseum.com
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary: Contemporary Japanese Photography.” Through Sept. 16. Open Tue.-Sun. at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts UICA presents work that is innovative, challenging, and may not fall within the conventional bounds of the visual arts. This includes non-traditional approaches, use of materials, and display, as well as work that is installation-based and/or non-commercial in nature. Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org

ART GALLERIES:

Amazwi Contemporary Art A unique gallery that gives voice to a diverse array of African artists, while broadening appreciation of their talent and understanding of their cultures. Saugatuck: 269-857-5551. http://www.amazwi.com
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibit: “Made in Michigan: Blown and Sculpted Glass” (through Aug. 12); and “Photographer, Michelle Stamler,” (through Aug. 12). Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org
Biddle Gallery Exhibits: “Vessels” by John Albert Murphy (through Aug. 31); “Climate Controlled Art Fair” (through Aug. 31); and “Dreaming Through Reincarnation” by Ryan Weiss (Aug. 6-31). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
Biegas Gallery Exhibit: “Dancing the Line,” the paintings of New York artist Leah Keller. Through Sept. 15. Detroit: 313-961-0634. http://www.biegas.com
Collingwood Arts Center Exhibit: “Mother and Son Present Exhibit Together” features the combined works of Margarita Beale and Timothy Beale, members of the Toledo Artists Club at Toledo Botanical Gardens. Through Aug. 4. Open weekdays during regular business hours and during special events. Toledo: 419-244-2787. http://www.collingwoodartscenter.org
Community Arts @ Paramount Gallery Exhibit: The “2nd Annual Cruiz’n Exhibit,” featuring local automotive artists Mike DeFazio, Charles Maher and Dennis Reardon. Aug. 3-31. Open Mon.-Sat. during Paramount Bank’s regular business hours. Ferndale: 248-414-6500. http://www.theparamountgallery.com
Detroit Artists Market In celebration of its 75th anniversary, DAM presents its Summer Ceramics Market featuring works by the best local ceramists. Through Aug. 25. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-832-8540. http://www.detroitartistsmarket.org
Gallery Project Exhibit: “Turning Points,” which features artists who utilize personal, political and cultural points of transition as subject matter and bases for their work. Through Sept. 9. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: The Twentieth Anniversary Special Invitational Show.” Through Aug. 24). Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Rayn Gallery Exhibit: “From the Void,” the debut exhibit by surrealist painter Tom Wagner. Detroit: 313-894-4731. http://www.myspace.com/rayngallery
Riverside Arts Center Exhibit: “Work! An Artist’s Impression” by EMU professor and printmaker Richard Fairfield. Through Sept. 2. Open Thur., Sat. & Sun. Free. Ypsilanti: 734-480-2787. http://www.riversideartscenter.org
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “Natural Affinity,” featuring the stunning botanical photographs of Kim Kauffman. Aug. 3-Sept. 24. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300. http://www.sc4a.org

DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Get ready for the DSO’s annual visits to the Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester: “Classical Hits” (Aug. 3); “Carmina Burana” (Aug. 4); and “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” (Aug. 5). $15-$50. 248-645-6666. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
Lowell Showboat The Sizzlin’ Summer Concert series continues with Mary Rademacher and the Rad Pack (Aug. 2). Free. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
Saugatuck Center for the Arts The “Summer in the Studio” series continues with: The jazz fusion sounds of The Bill Clements Group at the SCA Performance Studio. Aug. 6. $15. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org
Stars in the Park A free outdoor concert series at Heritage Park continues with: The Randy Brock Group (Aug. 2); and the Chris Roach Band (Aug. 9). Farmington Hills: 248-473-1857.

FILM & VIDEO:

Comcast Summer Film Series Head to downtown Detroit for an evening of current releases and family favorites shown outdoors on a big screen. Every Saturday night through August 18; begins at 8 p.m. with musical entertainment. Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-646-4329. http://www.comcastfilmseries.com
Detroit Area Peace with Justice Network The 62nd anniversary of the nuclear blast at Nagasaki is observed with the Robert Richter documentary “The Last Atomic Blast” at 4 p.m., Aug. 9, followed by a discussion at 6:30 p.m. with local peace activists. Our Lady of Fatima’s Bradley Hall, Oak Park. Free/donations accepted.
Detroit Film Theatre Celebrating 30 years as one of America’s most comprehensive, popular acclaimed showcases of contemporary and classic world cinema. DFT at the Detroit Institute of Arts. $7.50. Detroit: 313-833-3237. http://www.dia.org/dft
FIA Theater Quality avant-garde, independent and international films that otherwise would not be seen in the Flint area. FIA Theater at the Flint Institute of Arts. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films ($8.50). Military veterans will be admitted free through the four-day Memorial Day Weekend. Ann Arbor: 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org
The Mitten Movie Project A filmmaking collective that exhibits the work of filmmakers in Michigan on the first Tuesday of every month. Main Art Theatre. $10. Royal Oak: 248-346-8449. http://www.thoughtcollide.com
Redford Theatre An historic 1928 movie house in northwest Detroit with an original Barton Theatre Pipe Organ that presents classic film series, organ concerts and special events in a beautifully restored setting. $4/regular tickets; $5/special movie tickets. Detroit: 313-537-2560. http://www.redfordtheatre.com
Trinity Film Coalition The first annual Trinity Film Coalition Film Festival will feature an electrifying weekend of cutting-edge music videos, short films and feature length films created by some of the world’s most talented independent filmmakers. Opening night screening at Marygrove College, Aug. 3; free screenings at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel, Detroit, Aug. 4; and an awards ceremony at Greektown Casino’s Apollo Lounge, Aug. 5. http://www.trinityfilmcoalition.com
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s “best alternative film theater” presents cutting edge movies seven days a week. $4-$7. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994 . http://www.uica.org

SPOKEN/WRITTEN WORD:

EchoVerse Poetry Series & Slam Enjoy national and local feature performances, in the city’s most nurturing environment for creative expression every. Every Friday at the Java Exchange Cafe in Detroit’s TechTown. $5-$7. Detroit: 313-822-6456. http://www.echoversepoetry.com
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events for young and old; call for details. Ann Arbor: 734-662-7407.
UICA Writers’ Studio A weekly gathering that provides criticism and inspiration to those whose passion is writing. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Grand Rapids: 616-454-7000. http://www.uica.org

ARTS NEWS & FUNDRAISERS:

FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS – is pleased to welcome Addie Langford as the new art school coordinator overseeing classes and workshops for children and adults.

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